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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

West Coast salmon woes abound again this year, but some spots — especially in Oregon — are expected to be teeming with fish. (At least by comparison to last year!)

Managers have forecast 1.3 million coho for the Oregon coast and Columbia River, up from the '08 forecast of 290,000, and most of the season options have increased almost tenfold over last year, as well.
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The International Boston Seafood Show is upon us again — an annual extravaganza of seafood products and processing equipment.

The show opens on Sunday and runs through Tuesday with a breakneck schedule of conferences and hearings.
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Today is the start of the Maine Fishermen's Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

We hope you are planning on swinging through for a seminar or two and a visit to the National Fisherman booth in the exhibit hall.

Don't miss your chance to spec a new engine; weigh in on lobster, herring or sector allocations; or take part in a session of safety and survival training in the Samoset pool.

The show runs from 9 am to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, so come on by for a family fun day.

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Forget labeling yourself "conservative" or "liberal." These days it seems everyone wants to be identified by the food they eat: local, organic, sustainable, seasonal.

I read yet another article this week promoting the use of pocket guides from the likes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to steer your seafood purchases.

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I gave my husband a copy of the Savoring Maine calendar for Christmas. Each month has a recipe with locally grown (and readily available) ingredients for that time of year. (Kind of a big deal when there's a crust of ice over everything, including Casco Bay.)

January's recipe was Bloody Mary Oysters, but oysters are perfect anytime, and especially Valentine's Day.

We picked up half a dozen each of Glidden Point and Winter Point Maine oysters and decided to do some with a modified Rockefeller recipe, as well. 

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Bloody Mary Oysters (slightly modified for our taste from the original)

  • Half dozen of your favorite local oysters, cleaned and opened
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice (we used our store-brand V-8-style blend)
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • Several generous dashes of Tabasco
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 celery stalk, diced fine
  • Diced dilly beans (optional garnish)

Blend all the ingredients except the celery, oysters and optional dilly beans. Put the oysters in a glass or sippable dish, pour Bloody Mary blend over and garnish with celery and dilly beans.

Oysters Rockefeller

  • Half dozen oysters, cleaned and opened (carefully, as you'll be eating from the shells, so watch out for shards!)
  • 1 strip of thick bacon, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fennel, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons cooked spinach
  • 3 teaspoons bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons diced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • sprinkle of cayenne
  • parmesan, shredded (to taste)

Fry the bacon in a pan and use the drippings to sauté the fennel. Add the spinach if you're using raw (we generally use frozen) and cook until wilted. Divide all the ingredients among your half-shells, topping them with the parmesan. Broil until just browned (about seven minutes).

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In the midst of a nationwide peanut butter scare (which follows on the heels of a milk scare, a tomato and green pepper scare, and of course the ongoing fears of Mad Cow disease), I must admit I am skeptical of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's conviction that offshore fish farms are a step in the right direction.
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I must admit I get a little nervous when I see "NMFS" and "economics" in the same sentence. As far as I can tell, NMFS rarely makes decisions based on economics. (Except, possibly, the economy of scale, as it seems the agency is no friend of the independent fisherman.)
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Near Jacksonville, Fla., the village of Mayport is twisting between the tides of commercial development and waterfront traditions.

On the one hand, you have a historic fishing village that was first explored by Westerners in 1562.
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366cc0eb5ec646e3a7930cfd72a84c03 hiresOne of the things Jennifer Finn (National Fisherman's art director) and I have in common is an affinity for tales of daring and survival. We have a lot of access to sea stories in our day jobs, so when one of us runs across a good one, we pass it on.

While reviewing the January 1979 issue of National Fisherman for the Fishing Back When page, I ran across an amazing story of survival out of Kodiak, Alaska.

Here's the excerpt from the January Back When, on page 6:
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I went to see the movie "Flow" this week. While I don't think the film's makers will be up for any Oscar nods, the overall point was pretty clear. That is, water resources are being bought and bottled up by international corporations, and at least in this country, there's no legislation to regulate it.
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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